Rugby Hits First Speed Bump, Drops Close Match to CNU

Ned Belliveau ’14, Sports Editor

After a hard-fought, rain-soaked match against the Captains of Christopher Newport the Hampden-Sydney Rugby Tigers dropped to 4-1 as the hosts prevailed 14-7. After a sloppy opening 25 minutes, the Captains were able to convert a try and point after to take a 7-0 lead. In the second half the hosts doubled their lead to 14-0 after capitalizing off a Tigers penalty in the 45th minute. The Tigers remained in the game; however, after sophomore Mike Bouldin pounced on a fumble to convert a try for the Tigers. Junior James Hanna converted the two point conversion kick and the score stood 14-7. Unfortunately for the visitors, the clock ran out and Christopher Newport emerged from the sloppy contest with a victory.

The Tiger Ruggers will participate in the Homecoming Festivities this Saturday as they host in-state foe Virginia Military Institute on Venable Field. Kickoff is set for 3:00.

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Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience Part 2

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Joseph Lantague ’16

I have got a confession to make: I am a Justin Timberlake fan.  And as a Justin Timberlake follower, I loved his album The 20/20 Experience that came out earlier this year.  When I heard there was going to be a second part to that album, I got very excited.  Unfortunately, this album doesn’t sound or feel like an extension on the music from the first part; it feels like a completely different record.  I’m not sure if it matters, but the first part had no explicit songs in it, while the second album has six, and it just so happens the two songs that I really liked were not marked explicit.   If I had a word to describe the first part, it was class; the second I am still undecided on due to the various different sounds to the album.  Some songs sound like classic Justin, others I simply don’t like, and one song even reminded me of the Classic Rock era of music.  As a fan of Justin Timberlake, I did enjoy the album, but unfortunately, I cannot recommend it to other people.  If I were you, just spend the money on Take Back the Night and Drink You Away, as they are the real standouts of this album.

3 Stars

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Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Visits Campus

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Andrew Stoddard ‘14, Copy Editor

It’s not every day that a politician running for a major government office visits the Hill, but that is exactly what happened on October 15 when Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of Virginia, stopped by to speak at Crawley Forum.

At the talk, sponsored by the organization, Students for Liberty (SFL), Sarvis spoke for about 20 minutes about his platform and campaign for the Virginia governorship before opening the floor to questions.   The audience of about 40-50 students, faculty and staff was very engaged by Sarvis’s rhetoric, as they raised several questions.  The visit to H-SC is part of Sarvis’s speaking tour to colleges across the Commonwealth, including prior visits to CNU and JMU as well as future visits to VCU, U of R and UVA.

“The purpose is to reach as many votes as possible and help spread my message,” Sarvis said.

Mr. Sarvis possesses a diverse and fascinating educational and vocational background.  After graduating from Harvard in 1998 with a Bachelors degree in mathematics, Sarvis took his studies abroad to attend Cambridge University, where he earned his master in mathematics.  Sarvis also has a Juris Doctor from New York University and a Masters degree in economics from George Mason University.  In between his educational pursuits, Sarvis has worked as an attorney and a software developer.

When asked how his extensive resume helped his political career, Sarvis said, “I think a lot of times that my entire life has been in preparation for this race.  [My education and job history] has equipped me with the ability to understand and offer good solutions and articulate them for different audiences.”

Sarvis commenced his political career in 2011 by contending for the State Senate in Virginia’s 35th district as a member of the Republican Party. Though his campaign was unsuccessful, Sarvis put up a valiant effort against Democratic incumbent Dick Saslaw in the heavily Democratic 35th.  However, after that race, Sarvis switched party affiliations from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party, citing a difference in ideologies between himself and the Republicans.

“The Republicans haven’t done much of use on economic issues and have taken a hard right turn on social issues.  They use rhetoric of liberty, but don’t really believe it,” Sarvis said.

Sarvis’s platform covers a variety of issues, but his main points are universal school choice, pro-gun rights, pro-gay marriage and he is against the war on drugs.  When asked to summarize his platform, Sarvis said, “it is really about greater economic freedom and personal liberty.”

Being a third-party candidate, Sarvis has a bit of an uphill battle to contend for the governorship against major party candidates Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.  Besides winning the governorship, Sarvis has a few secondary goals in mind for his campaign.

“We would like to achieve major party status for the Libertarian Party, which would require 10% of the popular vote.  Furthermore, I want to show the value of a campaign based on hard work and inspire young people to be part of the solution.

The Virginia Gubernatorial election will take place on November 5.  For more information on Robert Sarvis and his campaign, visit his website at http://www.robertsarvis.com.

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Cross Country Faces Tough Competition in Newport News

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Mason Watkins’15, Sports Editor

         Following their astonishing 2nd place finish in the Maroon Invitational on September 21, the Hampden-Sydney cross country team hosted the annual Family Weekend 5k/1k and competed in the Christopher Newport Invitational, where they came in 10th place out of the 11 teams.

The Christopher Newport Invitational, which occurred on October 19th, had the Tigers traveling two and a half hours to Newport News, VA. In all, eleven Division III schools competed in the meet, including: Washington & Lee, John Hopkins, York, and Randolph.

The results, while unsatisfactory for the Tigers, allowed many runners to make their mark on the team. Senior Andrew Stoddard, who has been the staple runner for the team over the past four years, was not able to complete the race due to an injury he acquired mid-race. Freshman Grant Brown stepped up to the plate for the third time this season by taking the lead for the team, finishing the eight-kilometer race with a time of 28:36 to place 68th overall. Brown scored first for the Tigers, followed by sophomore Will Imeson’s 91st place finish with a time of 30:23. Freshman Andrew Madison crossed the finish line at 31:20 and sophomore David Hart finished the race in 32:07, good for 98th and 102nd overall respectively. Rounding out the top five scoring for the Tigers was senior Drew Fletcher, who ran a 33:06 to come in at 107th.

Overall, John Hopkins stole the show, winning with their cumulative score of 17 points. Senior Max Robinson crossed the finish line with an excellent time of 25:00, coming in at first place overall for the Blue Jays. 69 points behind first was York College, followed by hosts Christopher Newport, who scored 92 points to take third.

The cross country team’s next meet will be the ODAC Championship at 11am on Saturday, November 2, which will be held on the Tigers’ home course at The Manor Golf Club.

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with David Lee Murphy Come Home to H-SC

Sydney Henriques ’15, Staff Writer

As Homecoming fast approaches this weekend, we welcome The Nitty Gritty Dirt band and David Lee Murphy on Hampden-Sydney’s Campus.  From a general consensus from interviewing students around campus, there are mixed responses about the bands: many excited, many vaguely knowing the bands. So, I’ll give a brief overview.

 The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founded in 1966 in Long Beach, California, gained success with their first Top 40 song: “Buy for Me the Rain.”  In 1989, they received the CMA award for Album of the Year, Grammy award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, and a Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Recording. Also, in 2005, they received a Grammy award for Best Country Instrumental.

 David Lee Murphy, who may be best known for his Number One hit in 1994, “Dust on the Bottle,” will also accompany the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. One of his other big hits was “Just Once,” included on the soundtrack to the movie 8 Seconds. Murphy has also co-written singles for other artists such as: Kenny Chesney (“Living in Fast Forward), Jason Aldean (“Big Green Tractor”), and Thompson Square (Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”).

 These artists are not the most well known in our day and age, but they were popular when many of our alumni attended Hampden-Sydney College. There have been questions on campus as to the process for how bands and activities are chosen, considering that the CAC is given close to sixty-thousand dollars a year for our events. However, after speaking to CAC Chairman, Stephen Nusbaum, the choices for this year’s bands add up.

 Chairman Nusbaum explained that the CAC wanted to choose a band that the returning alumni could enjoy, as well as the students. It turns out that the Nitty Gritty Dirt band happened to be able to perform this weekend, and having to make the decision in the summer, the CAC did not have many options to book a band for homecoming.

 However, they also booked David Lee Murphy since he is a newer performer for the younger crowd.  Nusbaum also brought up a pertinent fact: “With the expanding diversity on campus, it is very difficult to choose a band that will make everyone happy.”

 The CAC has expanded its members to having an additional representative per class this year, making a total of thirteen CAC members. As I brought up the subject of involving the student body more in our band selections, Nusbaum explained that the CAC is open to discussing bands and that the best way to reach them is through the CAC Facebook page, which is most effective for receiving reviews.

 Another great idea that Chairman Nusbaum informed me of is being implemented this year: the CAC will save a given amount from their allotment each year, and for every fourth year, they will selected a “huge” band to play at Hampden-Sydney. This plan will bring more popularity and attention to our campus, but as of now, only every four years.

 This article is being written to present the mixed feelings about the bands that have been chosen this year and in the past. What is to be made clear is that if students have a strong opinion about a band they would like to see, they should write this on the Facebook page or speak directly with the CAC members.

 We elect these members to make the decisions for us, but it is possible to give our inputs as well, and this is encouraged. Using the new Tiger Exchange may also be a great avenue to express our opinions on bands in the future.

Nusbaum said the CAC is looking forward to putting on more future events to keep our campus from being a “suite-case campus,” and that we can look forward to hearing The Funky Monks, a great Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band, next weekend at the circle. It should be a great concert, and we can look forward to it, as well as this weekend’s Homecoming bands and a great game. Go Tigers.

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Leaves of October

Is the sun stone or sky,

or pieces of a wasteland only known as such?

Walking back and forth, if anything stays the same

then it is always changing, if there is tradition

then it is only evolving as fast as you and I can.

Walking back and forth, I want you to listen

as we all say something different.

— This close thing endures:

if it is a bell ringing, it is a dog barking,

youth turned cold and growing every day.

Jonathan Campbell ’16

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The Parking System Should Be Obeyed and Enforced

Parker Dunaway ’15, Editor in Chief

This editorial may garner some animosity from everyone on campus, but I think it is a prudent observation and request. There seems to be a problem on campus with our parking system, in terms of how it is utilized and how it is enforced. It has been my observation that students, staff, and faculty members alike have a tendency to ignore some of the parking policies on campus when convenient. Their (our) ignoring the regulations has led to the complaints. ‘Why do students park in between Maples and Winston? Don’t they know they aren’t supposed to?’ ‘Why can the administration park by the Commons in the space marked “T.H.C. only”? Don’t they know they aren’t supposed to?’ The grievances continue, seemingly forever. The grumbles and moans of our campus regarding who can and can’t park in certain areas are the result of two specific things: drivers’ purposeful ignoring of policies when it suits them and the failure of the police department to regularly and appropriately cite these improperly parked vehicles.

When everyone gets to school that first week in August, there is a plethora of those little orange envelops all over campus, on every illegally parked car. The problem is, from that point on, the ticketing only happens sporadically. Weeks will go by without seeing a citation, yet the amount of illegally parked cars remains the same. Then one day, the orange slips are back; as if they were the leaves of a tree in autumn, the tickets show up almost seasonally. Perhaps, if the police department more regularly ticketed cars that deserved it, the people that tend to park incorrectly would mend their ways.

It must be said, however, that the blame does not rest solely on the shoulders of our campus security. That student, who may have woken up late and decides to park in the post office spaces in front of Graham in order to quickly gain access to Morton Hall, or the staff members, who park near the loading dock to the Commons so that they have easy access, are just as responsible. I know that our campus is enormous, but the walk from wherever you are is far easier to deal with than the complaints from the entire campus and the ticket you should get.

It seems simple: those in charge of policing should police, and those charged with obeying policy should obey. I just think everyone should do what they are supposed to do—students, faculty, staff, and the police department.

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